The BOB CONSANI STORY
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Bob Consani
Racing Career Highlights

Bob Consani

Racing Career Highlights

1952 to 1957 - Bob Consani first ventures into auto racing, driving hardtops in the North Bay Area. His interest in racing leads to his first business as part owner of a speed equipment shop in Santa Rosa, CA. During this time Bob won 76 consecutive races, as driver, in his 1929 Ford Model A Roadster. Other early racing successes came in drag racing, where Consani cars were National Hot Rod Association record holders.

1961 to 1964 - Bob Consani�s interest turns to boats and, of course, racing. Consani builds winning SK and Marathon boats for himself and others. His efforts are highlighted with a win at the prestigious Lake Berryessa Nine Hour Marathon.

1964 to 1972 - Bob Consani expands his racing to super modifieds, midgets and super stocks. They won the BCRA Modified Dirt Championship with Rod Zanoline driving. Bill Vukovich Jr. was BCRA Midget Champion, running 24 of 30 races. At San Jose Speedway, he set a record for most consecutive wins, winning eleven feature events, seven in a row. The team finished 3rd in NASCAR points with Rick Henderson and Bill Vukovich Jr. driving. In 1968, Bob was honored by being recruited and sponsored as an Indy Certified Mechanic, at the request of Bill Vukovich, who was running his first Indy 500. Bob was builder and mechanic on the two super stocks. Bob won 30 feature NARC events. He also won the Canadian-American Challenge Series with Jack Collenburg and Gary Silva driving.

1972 to 1973 - Bob Consani�s �Performance Engineering� builds race cars and engines for many northwest based race teams. The company also supplies engines to such noted teams as J. C. Agajanian�s, Mallory Racing and Donnelly Racing.

1974 to 1979 - Expanded business interests in the construction and real estate development fields.

1980 - The Consani Racing sprint car, with Bob Consani as Chief Mechanic, takes the Northern Auto Racing Club Championship, the Calistoga Speedway track title, and ten feature event wins on the California Racing Association circuit.

1981 - Bob continued running sprint cars on both the NARC and CRA circuits. They won the NARC Championship and Scarsborough Trophy, but were disqualified.

1982 to 1984 - Bob pursued various business interests.

1985 - Bob Consani, along with Dave Masterman, Bill Vukovich Jr., and Jim Allen, designed and built the Radicak #4C Super Modified. It was driven by Chuck Gurney, who won seven out of eleven starts, winning the 1985 United States Auto Club National Championship. Bob was owner and Chief Mechanic.

1986 - Consani Racing captures the Scarborough Trophy in taking the track championship at Calistoga Speedway. The Consani sprint car is driven by such standouts as Chuck Gurney, Billy Vukovich III, J.T. Hayes, and Darrell Hanestad.

1987 - Bob takes the year off from racing to expand his business interests.

1988 - Bob Consani�s super midget takes 6 wins of the 9 Bay Cities RacingAssociation/United States Auto Club midget shows entered. Driver Rick Bussell sets track records at all nine events. George Snider has the Consani Racing Super Modified running 4th in the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway before the rear end fails.

1989 - Bob gears up for his first Indianapolis 500 with driver Billy Vukovich III. The team qualified 11th with Fast Time on the third day of qualifying. The car finished a respectable 12th place.

1990 - The Consani dirt champ car captures the prestigious United States Auto Club Silver Crown Championship, which Bob led in points for most of the series. During the series, the car sat on the pole position three times, setting two track records. One of these races was the Golden State 100 in Sacramento, CA, which was a walk-away victory. Bob also raced his �Beast� midget during the year. Of the six races that he ran, Bob won an amazing five of them with drivers Rick Bussell, Hank Butcher, and Jimmy Sills.

1991 - The Consani dirt champ car ends up second in points with the United States Auto Club, making this another impressive season for Bob, Jimmy Sills, and crew. Along the way to the 2nd place finish, the car set 2 more track records. In April�s Open Wheel Magazine, the #1 Dirt Champ Car was featured on it�s cover. Consani also raced in various midget and sprint car races, including the World of Outlaws, and was a front runner in all races. Track records were also set with both of the cars all across the country.

1992 - The Consani silver crown car with drivers Brad Noffsinger, Ron Shuman and Jimmy Sills ends up 3rd in United States Auto Club points, highlighted with a win at Springfield, IL. Bob also ventured to a new race track in Roseburg, OR, and won just about every race with both the sprint and midget cars.

1993 - 1994 Bob raced intermittently during this time to varied successes as he spent time at home with his wife, Jona.

1995 - Bob ran just one race this year with a 3rd place finish at Phoenix International Raceway, as he spent more time at home, pursuing his business interests.

1996 - This year Bob stepped into a different role for himself, Sponsorship. Bob sponsored Brent Kaeding, who ended up with both the 1996 NARC Championship and the Golden State Challenge Title. Bob did a bit of racing with both his midget and silver crown cars. Both of the Silver Crown races ended with top 10 finishes

1997 to 1998 - - Bob took a couple of years off to solely concentrate on building up the businesses, so he could sell them off, and go racing full time.

1999 - The Consani sprint and midget cars, with driver Davey Hamilton captured 4 pole positions, and 2 wins in the United States Auto Club Western Series. After a late start into the season, running only 9 of 19 races, the Consani Team fell just short of 10th place in the series.

2000 - Bob and his team, with drivers Davey Hamilton, Jimmy Sills and Bud Kaeding, won the USAC National Championship in the Western States Sprint Car Division.

2001 - Bob only participated in approximately ten races with driver, Jason McCord, due to failing health. At the end of the season, Bob sold his last two race cars and spent his remaining years mentoring young racers, either by telephone or, when possible, at the track.

Bob Consani, A Great man, but more importantly, a Good man.

Personal Story coming soon....

 





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